Consider building a new home? Finding that perfect location, setting up all the utilities, easements and access and finally building the house of your dream does take a lot of planning. If you’re considering looking for lots or residential land for building a new home here are some of my best tips to seeking out the land and preparing to build.
#1. Consider the community.
Just as if you were buying an existing home in a particular neighborhood, consider the community around the land that you’d like to build upon. Are you looking for a residential community with sidewalks, paths and close schools are shopping? Are you looking to live far away from your nearest neighbor? These are things to take into consideration before building on the lot.
#2. Choosing the builder.
Not only do you have to choose the land but you’ll have to choose the builder. This is only the beginning of thousands of choices that you’re going to make when constructing a new home. Choose a contractor that can help with custom details and not just one that prefers spec homes. Check out references, homes they’ve already completed and if they have a good architectural plan and design that fits into your lifestyle.
#3. Consider all utilities.
Make sure there are no hidden fees for water, sewer and any other utilities that will need connecting. Are you using a well or city water? Will you need a septic system or will you be connected to city sewer? Are there any buried wires or pipes that you’ll need to be concerned about? Is there a hidden oil tank on the property? How far is the closest electricity and is there are direct easement to get it to the property?
#4. Don’t forget technology.
Does the area have Wi-Fi? Fiberoptics? Satellite? How will you get Internet, television or other technology to the house or property?
#5. Check property conditions.
Of course you want to take a walk through of the entire property but you’ll also want to check out the property or land during different times of the day or week. Ask about rainy seasons and if the lot turns into a mud pit if it rains for a few days. Are there large patches of dead grass, which could mean environmental issues. Are there trees that will be in the way of a view or are you even able to remove trees to build where you want? Low water crossings that could flood and prevent getting to work or medical needs can be an issue in the Hill Country.
#6. Easements and Road access.
Verify if anyone else has access to your property via an easement. Are there any other neighbors that will need access their property by way of your property? Will you need to access your property through another’s easement?
#7. Restrictions and site limitations.
Make sure that the property is usable as you want it. Are there any restrictive covenants, historical rules, zoning codes, building issues or environmental conditions that will affect the use of the property? How close can the home be to a road or other city or county boundaries?
#8. Use a real estate agent proficient in buying land.
From the very beginning you should use a real estate agent and other professionals that are proficient in purchasing land and can help answer any questions you might have about the details that go along with residential lots.
For more information on purchasing residential lots or land throughout Texas Hill Country please contact my office today.